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Apparently this story was a bit premature and possibly not true. The links to the Church News and Events page are now gone. The volunteer site is still up but I would imagine that link will not be working soon. Sorry for the false alarm. It might have been a great opportunity. I guess we will just wait and see if something more is published. I will probably be taking this post down soon so as not to create any further confusion. I hesitate to take it down immediately because I am aware others have linked to it. I am trying to make sure that all those that may have seen this information learn what happened before their links go dark.
PLEASE READ THE ABOVE FIRST
I just found out about a great opportunity to get involved in Japan. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is organizing a volunteer effort based out of Tokyo. Here is a link to the article from Church News and Events.
In essence the LDS Church is looking for individuals willing to arrange their own travel to get to Japan between July 18th and August 30th. Once in Tokyo the Church will pay for you to be transported to areas in the country that are still in need of help. These will be two week long tours.
They have set up a website with information on this opportunity. Elder Gary E. Stevenson, President of the Asia North Area has set a goal of 130,000 volunteers. Now that is a lot of people! You have to be 18 years of age or older. Junior and high school aged kids can go if accompanied by a parent or adult leader.
You have to register 14 days before the tours begin. The exception obviously being the first tour that starts on the 18th of July.